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Hays Free Press August 20, 2014 NEWS Page 3A + BY MOSES LEOS III A pair of incumbents will each take on a chal- lenger for their right to stay on the Buda City Council dais. While the Place 5 and Place 6 seats are up for grabs, only the mayor's seat will go unopposed on November 4. "It is a lot of hard work. Maybe people ar- en't wanting to do it, or maybe they think I'm doing a good job," May- or Ibdd Ruge said. "I like to think I'm doing a good job." The road to Election Day began on Monday. That was the last day for potential candidates to file for the November election. Up for election this year are the seats held by Place 5 councihnember Eileen Altmiller, Place 6 and Mayor Pro Tem Bob- by Lane and Mayor Todd Ruge. Only Altmiller and i i!iiiiiiiiiiiEi i! i i: ;ii@!i!ii!ii iiii i ii! !!ii J iii!!i iiiiiii i! iiii!i i:i ALTMILLER TURE LANE HENRY Lane drew opponents, who filed for his first Altmiller, who won election on Aug. 15. Ture her seat in 2011, filed said he wants to speak for reelection on July21. for the younger gener- Commitment to the city ation of Buda residents drove Altmiller to file. - something he said She also felt the city was wasn't well represented too important to allow by Altmiller. those who may be un- "I want to represent prepared to serve on the a demographic that is dais. supplying most of the "It's important to have growth of Buda," ]hare someone who is corn- said. "It's more young mitted and will work families moving in." hard for the community While Altmiller and and not have a special Ture filed prior to Mon- interest call all of the day, the two vying for shots," Altmiller said. Place 6 waited until Her opponent is deadline day to submit 27-year-old Evan Ture, their paperwork. School Bond: Budget deficit? Continued from pg. 1A "1 understand that none of us is happy with [the deficit increase] at this point, but it is a compromise." - Marly Kanetzky, school board member district is already adding teachers where needed in all schools. The general operat- ing budget for the 2014- 15 fiscal year is set at $130,908,315, with a total budget, including debt ser- vice and the federal lunch program at $167,315,325. Total revenues expect- ed, including property taxes and other state and federal funding, comes to $166,854,356, leaving a deficit of almost $500K. With all of that in mind, the board is looking at a tax rate of $1.5377 per $100 valuation. That's an increase of 7.64. While the interest and Sinking (I&S) portion of the tax rate ($1.0400) has not increased in eight years, the Main- tenance and Operations (M&O) rate will go up this Board trustee Holly Ray- mond said she could not vote to make the deficit any larger than it is pro- jected, saying, " I like that we're closer to a balanced budget." She was supported by board members Marty Kanetz , Teresa Tobias and Willie Tenorio, all who voiced their support for keeping the budget as close to balanced as possible. "I don't want to increase the deficit at this point. I understand that none of us is happy with it at this point, but it is a compro- mise," Kanetzky said. Deputy superintendent Carter Scherff, who has dealt with school finances for years, said he is com- fortable with the deficit as it stands, around $521,444. Scherff said the taxable values in the district is in- creasing, due to the econo- my picking up. "Real estate is back up with a vengeance," he said. With projected enroll- ment expected to grow to within a hairs breath of 18,000 students, the Shorty & Spot: Miniature victory Continued from pg. 1A year, from 42.13 to 49.77. That portion of the tax rate has also remained steady for eight years. Combining the I&S ($1.0400) and M&O (49.77) gives the board and taxpayers a combined tax rate of $1.5377. The M&O rate is the portion of each taxpayer's bill that goes toward sala- ties, utilities, services, sup- plies, etc. The I&S rate is the por- tion of the bill that pays down debt- which the school district attained in the form of taxpayer ap- proved bonds. seeing their empty pen was a sad sight. How- ever, the overwhelming community support to bring them back home has been humbling and heartwarming." That community sup- port was evident at coun- cil's Aug. 5 meeting, when city leaders first took a vote on the matter. Many in the packed council chamber encouraged council to amend the city's animal ordinance to allow mini livestock with- in the city's borders. Council member Sa- mantha LeMense, who sponsored the revisions to the ordinance, said the changes are good. "It will allow business to grow in this communi- ty, through sales, through having pets and mascots on their properties," she said at the Aug. 5 meeting. Cross said she and her family first saw Spot and Shorty last year at the Little America Miniature Horse Ranch in Buda, and acquired them in January. Since their re- moval, the pets have been housed at a Cross friend's ranch in Wimberley. Spot and Shorty are very sweet, friendly and lovable pets, Cross said, and though they are classified as minia- ture livestock, she said they're much like dogs. Mini-horses often are used as guide animals for the disabled, she said. "They are a source of entertainment, affec- tion and joy," Cross said. "Families will have a unique opportunity right Lane, who has served as councilmember, may- or and mayor pro tem on the dais since 2000, said here in Kyle, to visit and watch a miniature horse and miniature donkey. That's not something you see everyday!" Under the new rules, two head of miniature livestock can be kept at a qualified residence (sin- gle-family, 8,190 square- foot lot) or qualified-zone property (agriculture) if they're kept in a pen, corral, barn or other secure enclosure over- night, pastured on no less than one-third acre of land, and the Property is fenced in. Miniature livestock may not be used at a residence as "perform- ing animals," nor part of commercial animal enter- prise, unless they are kept at a qualified-zoned prop- erty, the new rules state. Also, there is a $50 per- mit fee per head of min- iature livestock. "Our customers of all ages were enchanted by [Shorty and Spot's] cuteness and small size," Cross said. "It will always be free to visit Spot and Shorty at Cross Plants and Produce. Families can stop in just to see them or make it part of their weekly farmers market shopping trip at CP&P." During business hours, the mini pets will be in their pen, but can be pet- ted or fed if they happen to approach the fence. Cross said eventually they'd like to have their mini animals participate in Kyle parades and at school events where it would be appropriate and safe to have them. he wanted to wait and sire to see the process see if anyone would vie through," Lane said. for the seat. The goal was Lane draws business to assess their platform, owner Greg Henry as a with Lane making a de- challenger. Henry owns cision to run afterward. Willie's Joint Bar and With no one filing on BBQ on Main Street. Monday morning, Lane Ruge, who was first submitted his applica- elected to council and tion. He based his deci- then won the mayorship sion on a good working in 2012, said several fac- relationship with the tors led to his running current council. Expe- unopposed. rience played a role, as "I think it's a product was the chance to enact of when I was elected, manyofthe council's re- I promoted low taxes, cent plans, responsible growth and "Now we are actual- public safety," Ruge said. ly getting to do some "I think we hit those things, I feel some de- marks." Lots of times, changes in life also affect your investments. That's why there's never been a better time to schedule your free portfolio review. We'll talk about the changes in your life, and help you decide whether it makes sense to revise your investments because of them. A portfolio review will help ensure your investments are keeping pace with your goals. Call your local financial advisor today. Janet Ross Financial Advisor 251 N FM 1626 Bldg 2 Ste B Buda, IX 78610 512-312-2840 Shirley C Malone Financial Advisor 203 Railroad Street Suite 1B Buda, YX 78610 512-312-2332 Member SIPC NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS BUDGET AND PROPOSED TAX RATE The Hays Consolidated Independent School District will hold a public meeting at 6:30 PM, August 28, 2014 in Hays High School, Career/Technology Bldg., 4800 Jack C Hays Trail, Buda, TX 78610. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the school district's budget that will determine the tax rate that will be adopted. Public participation in the discussion is invited. The tax rate that is ultimately adopted at this meeting or at a separate meeting at a later date may not exceed the proposed rate shown below unless the district publishes a revised notice containin[~ the same information and comparisons set out below and holds another public meeting; to diseuss the revised notice. Maintenance Tax $1.0400/$100 (proposed rate for maintenance and operations) School Debt Service Tax $0.4977/$100 (proposed rate to pay bonded indebtedness) Approved by Local Voters Comparison of Proposed Budget with Last Year's Budget The applicable percentage increase or decrease (or difference) in the amount budgeted in the preceding fiscal year and the amount budgeted for the fiscal year that begins during the current tax year is indicated for each of the following expenditure categories. Maintenance and operations o 5.15 Yo increase Debt Service 16.33 % increase Total expenditures 6.96 % increase Total Appraised Value and Total Taxable Value (as calculated under Section 26.04, Tax Code) Preceding "Pax Year ~2u_rre~ Total appraised value* of all property $5,369,729,693 $5,827,891,137 Total appraised value* of new property** $309,486,531 $361,644,495 Total taxable value*** of all property $4,237,862,152 $4,651,060,372 Total taxable value** * of new property* * $ 177,728,194 $215,316,162 Appraised value is the amount shown on the appraisal roll and defined by Section 1.04(8), Tax Code. * "New property" is defined by Section 26,012(17), Tax Code. ** "Taxable value" is defined by Section 1.04(10), Tax Code. Bonded Indebtedness Total amotmt of outstanding and unpaid bonded indebtedness* $328,590,000 *Outstanding principal. t Comparison of Proposed Rates with Last Year s Rates Maintenance & Interest & Local Revenue State Revenue ~ent Last Year's Rate $1.0400 $0.4213" $1.4613 $3,783 $4,900 Rate to Maintain Same Level of Maintenance & $1.0438 $0.5230* $1.5668 $4,016 $4,870 Operations Revenue & Pay Debt Service Proposed Rate $1.0400 $0.4977* $1.5377 *The Interest & Sinking Fund tax revenue is used to pay for bonded indebtedness on construction, equipment, or both. The bonds, and the tax rate necessary to pay those bonds, were approved by the voters of this district. $4,085 $4,872 Comparison of Proposed Levy with Last Year's Levy_ on Average Residence Average Market Value of Residences $132,936 Average Taxable Value of Residences$117,936 Last Year's Rate Versus Proposed Rate per $100 Value $1.4613 $140,814 $125,814 $1.5377 Paxes Due on Average Residence $1,723.40 $1,934.64 Increase (Decrease) in Taxes $211.24 Under state law, the dollar amount of school taxes imposed on the residence homestead of a person 65 years of age or older or of the surviving spouse of such a person, if the surviving spouse was 55 years of age or older when the person died, may not be increased above the amount paid in the first year after the person turned 65, regardless of changes in tax rate or property value. Notiec of Rollback Rate: The highest tax rate the district can adopt before requiring voter approval at an election is $1.5377. This election will be automatically held if the district adopts a rate in excess of the rollback rate of $1.5377. Fund Balances l'he following estimated balances will remain at the end of the current fiscal year and are not encumbered with or by a corresponding debt obligation, less estimated funds necessary for operating the district before receipt of the first state aid payment. Maintenance and Operations Fund Balance(s) $33 219,000 Interest & Sinking Fund Balance(s) $1,652,119 ii ! till iill 'il i:!ii ii [i i 1; :[1 II II